LETTER: Interurban, a deal at half the price

Another proponent speaks in favour of a train versus SkyTrain out to the Fraser Valley

Dear Editor,

G.E. MacDonell’s letter, [Retired Hydro flack happy to refute rail boosters, Langley Advance Times Letters, July 12] is nothing more than sour grapes and is short on facts.

He forgets that Rail for the Valley’s Leewood Study, done by Leewood Projects (UK) and released nine years ago, was a sound foundation for a Vancouver to Chilliwack passenger service, using the former BC Electric interurban service.

What many people do not know is that the study, done by a professional engineer with many years working in the rail industry, was vetted by two professional engineers who worked in Canada, and Transport Canada found no great issue with the study.

Rick Green’s group has the icing on the cake with the BC Hydro master agreement, allowing passenger service on the portion used by Supper port trains, with all upgrades to be paid for by the operating railway.

Using existing railways, for a regional passenger service, greatly reduces costs.

The now estimated cost for a maximum of three trains an hour per direction between Vancouver and Chilliwack of $1.5 billion seems like a bargain when compared to TransLink’s two pet rapid transit projects.

$1.5 billion for a 138 km.

Vancouver to Chilliwack rail service via Langley and Abbotsford, is a bargain when compared to a now estimated $3 billion plus, 5.7 km. Broadway subway or a $1.6-billion Fleetwood extension to the Expo line, which both projects will not take a car off the road.

There is no funding to further extend both rapid transit projects, which is probably why TransLink is scared of any plans of reinstating the interurban service using modern rail cars, because valley rail gives a massive bang for the taxpayer’s buck, when compared to their hugely expensive, yet small transit extensions, based on dated planning and politcal interference.

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Malcolm Johnston, Delta

Rail for the Valley

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